As I’ve mentioned, for your own safety I cannot share with you what my occupation was prior to joining the crew at Ray Caye Resort. What I can tell you, though, is that it involved a great deal of intercontinental travel and extended stays in luxurious accommodations. My staff of minions took care of all the boring details while I completed my business transactions and enjoyed an existence of pampered indulgence.
Absorbed in my comfortable jet-setting way of life, I didn’t have a compelling reason to care about how the amenities of my lifestyle were produced. I never knew where my food or water came from, and I certainly never worried about energy consumption or protecting natural resources.
It should come as no surprise, then, when I say it was a bit of a lifestyle change when I came on board as Security Chief, and was introduced to the principles of “reduce, reuse, and recycle” practiced at our island retreat. Of course, we have all the same luxuries and amenities as any proper upscale resort. The only difference is that we are very aware that our natural resources are not unlimited and we are mindful of their use.
For instance, since my arrival the minions have been teaching me about me how we create energy by harnessing the power of the plentiful sunshine without interfering with the charm of the island. Unless you were looking for them, you might not even notice that we have solar panels on the roof of each cabana
. These small units power the on-demand water heaters for each room.
On the roofs of our utility buildings, we have also installed a larger, more complex solar panel system. These units continually create energy, even on cloudy days, which can then be converted into electricity. Any extra energy is stored in our large battery bank to be used on demand, which lessens the need to run our generators.
In addition, we supplement the resort’s water supply by collecting rainwater through a system of eave-spouts on each building, which is then funneled into a high-tech reverse osmosis and UV filtration system. This system removes all bacteria and contaminants, and can also be used to convert seawater into fresh water if necessary.
We also continue to expand our garden, one of my favorite spots on the island, where my best friend, Damiano, oversees the planting of a variety of vegetables, herbs, and even some fruits and flowering plants. Growing more of our own produce not only provides fresher ingredients for our chef at the Lionfish Grill, but also an easily renewable supply.
And every morning, I now supervise the minions as they rake up the sea grass and Sargasso that washes up on the beach, which we can dry and reuse. It makes great compost for the garden and can also be used as mulch around our trees.
I have to admit, I was never much of an environmentalist or out-doors-man before, although I did once start a fire in the desert with only dental floss and a rock. These days, it’s a different lifestyle for me, but it's certainly an adventure I'm enjoying!
Until next time, stay adventurous, my friends!